Often a starting off point for ambitions jockeys-to-be, a groom is one of the entry level jobs working with horses. Despite this fact, it takes a lot of grit and a serious knowledge of horses to do a great job.
What You Need
The groom wears a number of hats during a normal workday and many tasks will fall under their command. However this is a position that benefits from a solid knowledge of horses, strong communication skills and a strong teamwork ethic.
This is a horse job that requires a lot of time with the animals, a sense of personal responsibility is essential in a caretaker.
The actual job description will vary from facility to facility and the groom title can encompass a number of different duties. A lot of which will depend upon the size of the facility & the amount of employees on the payroll. Regardless of the size of the establishment the groom often works directly with trainers, jockeys and exercise riders just to name a few.
Following feeding, cleaning and watering schedules
Basic horse care, bathing, brushing, clipping
Cleaning/ maintaining of tack and equipment
Basic exercise and ground work
Can be responsible for hot walking duties
Assisting vet and farrier
Following supplement and medication schedules
Basic grounds maintenance and repair
Sometimes requires the use of farm equipment
The requirements for this position will vary tremendously, some places will require a high school diploma, while others will want years of experience. That means that not only does the job vary, but so will the pay. There are courses potential racing grooms can take and as always, any formal equine education or training is always a plus.
A few places to start if you are interested in a career as a racing groom.
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